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Yarrow Hydrosol – West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy

Yarrow hydrosol’s expectorant and anti inflammatory properties make it very useful in coping with the infected and swollen nasal mucous membranes that accompany sniffles and colds.  Susanne Fischer-Rizzi recommends that an inhalation might be made by diluting 3 tablespoons of this hydrosol to 1 – 2 liters of water.

(Achillea millefolium

Household: Asteraceae

Plant Description:  Yarrow is a perennial herb and grows to about 1 meter (3ft) excessive.  It has finely dissected leaves which have a lacy look and quite a few, pinky-white, dense flower heads.

Historical past/Folklore:  Yarrow is called for the Greek hero Achilles who used the herb to deal with his wounded troopers in the course of the siege of Troy.  Yarrow was additionally used on this in the course of the American Civil Battle. In historical Rome, yarrow was devoted to the spilling of blood in honor of Mars, the God of Battle.  Yarrow has a wealthy custom of getting used for the remedy of wounds inflicted by weapons and was as soon as known as “Army Herb” or “Soldier’s Wound Wort.”  The English identify yarrow is derived from the Previous English phrase gearwe which means ‘the healer’.

Aroma and Style:  Suzanne Catty describes this as being strongly fragrant however not notably nice.  She says it has been described as ‘pet breath’.  She continues that the flavour is healthier than the odor however not by quite a bit.

Lydia Bosson describes the aroma as being woody, gentle, barely harking back to hay.  She additionally says that the style is gentle, earthy and a bit acidic.

Stability and Shelf Life:  Steady to Very Steady.

pH: 3.6 – 3.9 (Suzanne Catty) 4.2 – 4.3 (Susanne Fischer-Rizzi)


Yarrow hydrosol has analgesic, anticoagulant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericidal, calming, cicatrizant, circulatory, decongesting, digestive, expectorant, febrifuge, lipolytic, mucolytic, sedative, stimulating and tonic properties.

Makes use of 

Jeanne Rose says that this hydrosol has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and may be very helpful for zits, broken pores and skin and cellulite.  She additionally recommends its use for energetic functions, religious therapeutic and as an auric or aura safety.

Suzanne Catty says this hydrosol is cooling and recommends utilizing it to assist cut back fever, in addition to ease aches and pains related to flu and colds.  It may be utilized in a compress, with cypress for varicose veins and in a sitz bathtub for hemorrhoids and extreme or painful menstrual durations or postpartum therapeutic.

Lydia Bosson says that this hydrosol typically works effectively for gynaecological issues together with hormonal imbalances, fibroids, menopausal issues, premenstrual syndrome and painful menstruation.  It ought to be used when a girl is in a state of affairs of change or disaster (notably efficient after childbirth, in instances of separation, skilled change, or when the kids depart residence.  In line with her, yarrow, whether or not important oil or hydrosol, is among the most advisable crops for neuralgia. says that Yarrow is named a cicatrizant (promotes therapeutic via the formation of scar tissue), and stops bleeding.  This makes is helpful in treating cuts and wounds, irritated pores and skin, razor burns and pores and skin irritations.  Apparently, animals appear to love its perfume and it’s typically helpful when utilized in a veterinary setting selling calm and steadiness.

Susanne Fischer-Rizzi says that this hydrosol calms the itching typically skilled with eczema and psoriasis and recommends utilizing it as a sprig instantly on the affected space, or in a compress.


I personally discover that by their very nature, hydrosols are notably useful when used energetically.  I like to incorporate them in misters and sprays and discover that they will make a delicate and efficient distinction.

In Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s Religious PhytoEssencing, Yarrow has the themes of Love and/or Battle. He suggests utilizing Yarrow when there are for blood feuds over love, as an illustration Romeo and Juliet has yarrow undertones.  Whether or not love or conflict, the theme of blood runs via the yarrow image, in addition to the theme of violence.

Extra about Hydrosols 

Extra abour Yarrow

Steffen Arctander, Fragrance and Taste Supplies of Pure Origin, 1960
Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Important Oils ©1998-2018 Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Analysis, Inc.
Suzanne Catty, Hydrosols, The Subsequent Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Arts Press, 2001
Ernst Guenther, The Important Oil, Vol V, 1948 reprinted 1972
Ann Harman, Harvest to Hydrosol, IAG Botanics LLC dba botanicals, 2015
Beverley Hawkins, Important Oils and Carriers, Aromatherapy 101, Aromatherapy 201, Aromatherapy 301, 1999-2018
Bettina Malle & Helge Schmickl, The Important Oil Maker’s Handbook, Spikehorn Press, 2012, 2015
Len and Shirley Value, Understanding Hydrolats Churchill Livingstone, 2004
Jeanne Rose, 374 Important Oils and Hydrosols, Frog Ltd, 1999
Lydia Bosson, Hydrosol Remedy, Singing Dragon, 2019
Susanne Fischer-Rizzi, Das Grosse Buch der Pflanzenwässer, Atverlag, 2020



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